The bill that will replace ex-President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act has been facing challenges since it was first mentioned by President Trump, and it seems that the troubles are not yet over, by far. Not only has the proposal to make massive changes to Obamacare, as it is known popularly, met with some vociferous protests from Democrats, it also failed to gain the support of Republicans in full. A previous attempt at revamping Obamacare met with a pallid response at best from Republicans and strident criticism from Democrats, following which the President called on key members of his party and entrusted them with the responsibility of drafting a new bill that would, at the very least, get his own party's full consensus. A panel of members has been closeted doing this very task. However, it seems as if they have not yet managed to crack the code on this one because a senior Republican Senator has now said that this bill is likely to fail.
John McCain predicts bill failure
Senior Republican senator, John McCain, has given the party members ground for criticism after he stated his belief that the new healthcare bill is likely to fail. It is to be noted that the bill is already facing a lot of unfavorable views and the senator's prediction has only worsened the situation for the bill maker and the bill itself, further eroding its prospects of being passed through. McCain has categorically said that he thinks the bill is 'dead'; strong words indeed from a member of the party.
Democrats have presented a unified front opposing Trump's healthcare proposal ever since the President made it clear that he would go in for massive rollbacks of all the key clauses in Obamacare. Now, the new Republican bill has drawn criticism from Republican party members too and that is not just from McCain.
Strong opposition in states
The week-long recess in Senate prompted many Senators to return to their constituencies, thus giving them an opportunity to gauge the public response to the new bill and the response has been overwhelmingly against it. In main, the public is protesting against the removal of funding that was such a key aspect of Obamacare. Apart from this significant change, much of Obamacare continues to remain although tax credits have been revamped and Medicaid expansion is now no longer a part of the bill. Given the dissatisfaction of the public with the new bill, the Senators are now again in a tough position with respect to their decision about supporting it.